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8.06.2010

Weekend Sip Tip

8.06.2010
Once of legal drinking age, you may begin to try new mixed drinks at local establishments. Whether you prefer something fruity, something dry, or something strong, do you know how many servings of alcohol are actually in that drink? Often, bartenders simply pour alcohol into your glass without any sort of measurement. Unless you have a good eye (or an honest bartender), you may be clueless to the exact amount in your hand. A standard serving of 80-proof liquor is 1.5oz, just shy of a full shot-glass. Few bar drinks ever contain just one shot glass of liquor. A full pint glass of Jack and Coke can have 2-3 servings, a large margarita could have up to 4 servings, and Long Island Iced Teas can contain anywhere from 5-7 servings depending on the size and generosity of the pours. Not only are these drinks very strong, but the combinations tend to hide the taste of alcohol. This makes for a dangerous situation. If you choose to drink mixed drinks, pace them more slowly than you normally would a beer or glass of wine. Allow your body time to feel the effects so you know when you have had enough. Opt for weaker drinks, add ice, or split your drink with a friend to lower the amount of alcohol you consume. Your body can only process one serving of alcohol per hour so keep it safe, Stop@Buzzed!

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